Orangutan News: Borneo Lost More Than 100,000 Orangutans From 1999 to 2015

by Joe Cochrane for New York Times

Around half of all orangutans living on the Southeast Asian island of Borneo — nearly 150,000 in all — vanished during a recent 16-year period. The causes included logging, land clearance for agriculture and mining that destroyed their habitats, according to a study in Current Biology released on Thursday.

However, many orangutans also disappeared from more intact, forested areas, the researchers say, suggesting that hunting and other direct conflicts between orangutans and humans remain a major threat to the species.

This excerpt from a news article appeared in and is courtesy of New York Times and can be read in its entirety here.


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